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River Tavern Cooking Classes at White Gate Farm

In Classes, Dining, Near By Events on December 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm

River Tavern Cooking Classes oat the Farm


Want to cook effortless, mouthwatering dishes for your guests this holiday season or anytime? Then register today for White Gate Farm’s series of Farm Kitchen cooking classes featuring our own Jonathan Rapp on January 8, 9 or 10Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday —  3:00 to 9:00 pm. COOKING FROM THE GROUND UP, is Jonathan’s simple fresh approach to cooking in season. Learn uncomplicated farm-to-table cooking by first heading out to the fields and greenhouses with Jonathan and White Gate farm manager Susan Mitchell. Gather beautiful organic produce for the evening’s four-course menu that students and chefs develop together. Then it’s back to the kitchen where the team will prep and cook. Finally, participants will sit down together with some exceptional wine and enjoy the “fruits” of their labor. Each 6-hour class includes farm tour, professional instruction, hands-on participation, a full meal and wine tasting.  Classes are limited to 10 people.  Cost: $100 per person.

For more information and to reserve a spot, please email

The Upstairs Kitchen Jan. 2013

In Chester CT Events, Classes, Dining on December 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm
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Please come and enjoy classes at The Upstairs Kitchen located in Chester, above The Local Beet Food Co-op. Please sign up early all classes have been sold out!
With the New Year just around the corner it’s time to rethink about the way we eat. So” lighten up” sooth your body, mind and soul.
Anne Gallagher starts us off right with a healthy light spa menu. Next we welcome Mary Kravac on our rescheduled soup and breads class. Emrys Tetu will Super-charge your health with delicious recipes highlighting the superfoods including chocolate! With the help of The Local Beet Co-op and their top quality ingredient purchases we look forward to starting off the New Year on the right foot!
  Chef Anne Gallagher returns to Lighten up your New Year with a healthy balanced spa menu. Start the year off with learning new cooking techniques, incorporating and balancing herbs and spices with healthy natural oils and fats. Let the high quality ingredients shine through with simple and easy recipes. The menu includes miso Soup, whitefish w/veggie scales and tamari sauce, kinpira w/gomaiso and green tea poached pears w/roasted almond slices and pomegranate coulis.

Class limited to 10 participants

Wednesday evenings 6-9

Cost $85 per/person


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   Welcome Mary Kravac  With her hardy soups and breads to accompany them. Nothing says warm and homey  like soup and bread. In this class, we’ll make soups and breads from around the world that go together like a snowy day, a fire in the hearth, a good book (and well…a cuppa soup and a hunk of bread). This just might be the best way to balance the over indulgence of the holidays and transform your leftovers into a healthy wholesome meal!
   Tuscan Leek Soup/ Pane Bianco Twisted Bread, Russo-Hungarian Tomato Cabbage Soup/Baba’s Dark Bread, Cheddar Guinness Soup/Irish Cheddar Soda Bread, Indian-Spiced Sweet Potato-Yellow Split Pea Soup/Gluten Free Rosemary Parmesan Popovers! Please join us for a warm comfortable evening to comfort the soul!
Class limited to 10 participants
Wednesday evenings 6-9
Cost $85  per/person


Emrys is back with superfoods that have a naturally occurring abundance of unique health properties, standing out in not just one category of nutrition, but in many. As good for you as most fruits, vegetables, and sprouts may be, there are ingredients that are even more powerful. Join Emrys Tetu to learn about some of her favorite superfood ingredients that support health, immunity, and longevity. Class includes discussion of these superfoods (some more familiar than others) and recipes that make adding them to your repertoire easy. Yes, there is chocolate on the menu!
Class limitted to 10 participants
Wednesday evenings 6-9
Cost $85 per/person

The Side Doors Live

In Music, Near By Events on December 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm

The Side Doors Poster

The SIDE DOORS open up LIVE at the RED HOUSE, 158 Main Street, Deep River, CT Saturday, December 29th at 9 pm.

Celebrate 50 Years of Goodspeed Musicals

In Music, Near By Events, Theatre on December 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Goodspeed Musicals Hartford Symphony Orchestra Goodspeed’s 50th Anniversary kicks off with a very special evening featuring the best of Goodspeed and Broadway

Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Goodspeed Musicals will join to celebrate the music and the magic of Goodspeed’s golden anniversary in a spectacular concert event on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.  For 50 years, Goodspeed has been recognized around the world as the “home of the American musical”.  This special collaboration will feature selections from Goodspeed originals that moved to Broadway including Annie and Man of La Mancha, plus audience favorites from dozens of shows like Brigadoon, Finian’s Rainbow and No, No Nanette. 


Led by guest conductor Michael O’Flaherty who is now in his 21st year as Resident Music Director for Goodspeed Musicals, the program will feature the talents of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, as well as performances by special guests Sarah Uriarte Berry, Quentin Earl Darrington and James Snyder, plus aspiring professional performers from The Hartt School Musical Theatre Department’s Class of 2013.


Ticket Information: Tickets range in price from $20-$67.50. Student tickets are $10 and

$25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit

New York Times Reviews Six Main

In Chester Business, Restaurants on December 8, 2012 at 9:31 am

New York Times reviews six main


This has taken way to long to share in the blog and for that I apologize. A good review is always great to read no matter when it was posted. So excited for Six Main. The review is titled, Artistry at Work in a Vegan Menu. Click over to the New York Times to read the full review if you haven’t already. We are so lucky to have so many great eateries and restaurants in Chester. I will leave you with just a snippet to wet you appetite.

But Ms. Carr’s skill is incontrovertible. She has managed to create a plant-based cuisine that is homey and elegant, satisfying, clean and beautiful without being fussy. And for sheer wizardry, one can only marvel at her flaxseed tostada topped with walnut-pepita “chorizo,” cumin-sunflower seed “frijols” and cashew “crema.

Perfect Gift For The Bird Lover In Your Life

In Chester Business on December 8, 2012 at 8:55 am

For the bird lover in your life Cummings & Good Calendar8.59.18 AM


The 2013 Cummings & Good calendar is in and for sale online or in C&G. This is a perfect gift for anyone in your life. It’s not just a calendar, it is a reminder everyday of just how good life is.

Below is a description from the product website:

Not just a calendar– this unique creation provides you with twelve months of art and ideas for your home, office or school. While our fine feathered friends fly, roost, and sing, their lives and lore will enlighten and entertain you all year. Visit all the months on the scroll bar.

19th in a series by the renowned design studio Cummings & Good, its literate and playful pages also function as a personal or family diary, with lots of room to record memorable events & celebrations. BIRD’s long, narrow profile fits surprising well in all kinds of places. Practical as well as charming, it will become your full time, silent secretary, remembering all those important dates and engagements. And when the year draws to a close, roll up all those pages and return them to the time-capsule canister. You’ll have a keepsake of all your 2O13 memories.

Canister – 6″ x 8″    Calendar – 7″ x 34″  
With coordinated gift card included, could there be a more evocative and easy way to please your friends and family?


Chester Holiday Stroll Tonight, Dec. 7, 2012

In Chester CT Events on December 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

Chester Holiday Stroll

Holiday Night Chester Center Friday, Dec. 7
5-8 p.m. (tree-lighting & sing-along at 6 p.m. at Maple Street rotary flagpole)

All the Chester townspeople will be involved in the Annual Holiday Night in the town of Chester, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. Boy Scouts line the streets with luminaries, Saint Lucia girls stroll around offering cookies to visitors, Chester Elementary School students sing a variety of holiday songs and invite everyone to sing-along while the town’s Christmas tree is lighted (at 6 p.m.), and the Chester Rotarians help the children hang their decorations.

Chester village is small enough to be ideal for walking, but it is big enough to offer a myriad of opportunities for browsing, shopping, wining and dining, and gallery-exploring at the Holiday Night Festival. Stores, art and photography galleries, and restaurants throughout the village stay open all evening with special events and holiday refreshments.

The Chester Gallery’s annual Postcard Show features only art measuring 4 by 6 inches or smaller. Maple & Main Gallery’s Holiday Show features more than 300 works by 40 established artists, including at least 70 small paintings under $300 and a limited number of original unframed paintings at affordable prices. The Leif Nilsson Spring Street Gallery offers Leif Nilsson’s oil paintings and Caryn Davis’s photographs from world travels as well as the Connecticut River, while the Al Malpa Photo Gallery will host Al’s photographs from New Orleans.

Pamper yourself, or that special someone, at Karma Skincare Studio and Brown Eyed Girl Salon with holiday gifts, customized gift certificates, or makeup touchups. Be sure to see Dina Varano’s new limited edition jewelry created just for the holiday and Leiva Jewelry’s annual “Ring Event” at Lori Warner Studio & Gallery. Chester resident Gay Sherman Weintz will be at Century 21 Heritage selling and displaying her vintage Christmas tree pins and other Christmas jewelry during the evening.

In the 4 Water Street building, stop at Hammered Edge Studio & Gallery to peruse the collection of jewelry, beads, buttons, world artifacts, masks and exotic headdresses while enjoying a little wine and chocolate truffles. Next door, at the Connecticut River Artisans’ Cooperative, enjoy the handcrafted work at this year’s Holiday Show, and then go on to Chester Americana Antiques & Gallery, to find one-of-a-kind gifts including antiques, folk art, vintage toys and games, and found-object assemblages made by local artist and owner Bill Vollers.

Take advantage of the special sales on clothing and accents for the home and other gift items at Red Pepper, and check out the new pieces in the Connecticut crafts section along with always colorful Italian ceramics at Ceramica.

In addition, 27 vendors will be selling handmade items, gourmet foods, jewelry, and more at their 4th annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza at the Chester Meeting House from 5 to 9 p.m. The Chester Hose Company will sell wreaths outside the building.

Free parking is available at the town’s parking lots at 20 Water Street and Maple Street, both a short walk to the center. Limited on-street parking is available as portions of Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic.


Annual Tree Lighting December 7th at 6:00 pm
First Selectman Ed Meehan will turn on the tree lights
Tree donated by Hale Hill Tree Farm
Chester Elementary School students sing a variety of holiday songs. Words to songs will be provided on-line through the weekly update from Lynne Jacques, Town Hall.
Chester Boy Scouts will be putting out the luminaries.
Saint Lucia Girls will be handing out cookies.
Put on by the Chester Rotary and Chester Merchants.

Information for this post provided by Cary Hull and Leif Nilsson

Holiday Shopping: Dina Varano Is Open Wed. Nights Thru Dec. 19th

In Chester Business on December 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Dina Varano Holiday Hours

Each Wednesday evening in December,
Dina will unveil a new line of limited-edition jewelry
created just for the holiday.
Dec 5th: Tahitian Pearls
Dec 12th: Oxidized Sterling and Gold combinations
Dec 19th: Precious Gemstones
During these evenings enter your name into a drawing
for a pair of cashmere fingerless gloves that will be given away at the end of each night!
Cocktails and Treats will be served from 6-9 pm
at the shop in Chester. Bring a friend!

Dirt Floor Recording Studio Extends Holiday Discounted Rates

In Chester Business, Music on December 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm

December is full up! Eric has decided to extend the special holiday rate into January for NEW Dirt Floor clients. Take advantage, and contact him by messaging him here, or calling 860 759 8363.


Eric Michael Lichter and Jake playing around with a song idea while recording his EP

Essex Savings Bank Now Open In Chester

In Chester Business on December 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

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203 Middlesex Avenue
Chester, CT  06412
(860) 526-0000
Click Here for Directions

Lobby Hours:
Monday-Wednesday, 9:00 – 4:00
Thursday & Friday, 9:00 – 5:00
Saturday, 9:00 – Noon

Drive-up Hours:
Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 – 4:00
Thursday & Friday, 8:30 – 5:00
Saturday, 9:00 – Noon